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Matt Birk | Center | #77

Team: Baltimore Ravens
Age / DOB:  (41) / 7/23/1976
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 310
College: Harvard
Drafted: 1998 / Rd. 6 (173) / MIN

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Retired C Matt Birk has been named the league's director of football development.
Birk retired in February 2013, shortly after accepting a position as an appeals officer for the NFL and NFLPA. Among Birk's duties will be "developing" the game. He's expected to have a role in the "evolution" of the Scouting Combine. Birk was a six-time All-Pro for the Vikings in the 2000s, and 16-game starter for the 2012 Super Bowl champion Ravens. Thu, Jul 10, 2014 06:16:00 PM

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Ravens C Matt Birk is retiring from football.

He'll make the announcement on Friday. Birk, 36, will go out on top as a Super Bowl-winning center and 16-game starter for the Ravens. A Harvard alum and the 2011 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year, Birk earned six Pro Bowl trips -- all with Minnesota in the 2000s. He continued to play at a very high level into his mid-30s and had gas left in the tank even as he retired. For bookkeeping purposes, Birk's retirement "saves" the Ravens $2.05 million in salary cap space. It also creates yet another needy spot on GM Ozzie Newsome's roster.
Fri, Feb 22, 2013 06:47:00 AM

According to the Ravens, C Matt Birk has scheduled "an announcement" at a community event on Friday.

Longtime Ravens beat writer Jamison Hensley, now an ESPN blogger, "guesses" Birk will announce his retirement. Birk is 36 and would be going out on top. His retirement would add center to Baltimore's growing list of offseason needs.
Fri, Feb 22, 2013 01:10:00 AM

Ravens C Matt Birk, 36, is still undecided on his future.

"I haven't decided," Birk simply said after the Super Bowl victory on Sunday night. 37 in July, Birk has two years left on his contract, and he has graded out favorably in Pro Football Focus' end-of-the-year ratings the past couple seasons. Baltimore has his replacement, 2012 fourth-rounder Gino Gradkowski, waiting in the wings.
Mon, Feb 4, 2013 08:48:00 AM

Ravens C Matt Birk, 36, says the outcome of next Sunday's Super Bowl will not affect his decision to play a 16th season.

"It won’t matter either way," insisted Birk, a six-time Pro Bowler. "Nobody is entitled to or deserves a Super Bowl and certainly if anybody does, it certainly isn’t me. ... Whether we win or lose, I don’t think it will affect me." Birk has considered retirement each of the past two offseasons.
Thu, Jan 24, 2013 06:21:00 PM

Ravens C Matt Birk (back spasms) missed his sixth straight practice Saturday, and is unlikely to suit up for Baltimore's preseason opener Thursday.

"(I) am going to probably slow him down a little bit," said coach John Harbaugh. "... Maybe next week after the (preseason opener), we will get him back a little bit more." Birk's body is wearing down at age 36, but he hasn't missed a game since the 2005 season. We suspect he will be fine for Week 1.
Sat, Aug 4, 2012 05:16:00 PM

Ravens C Matt Birk (varicose vein surgery) participated in Baltimore's first training camp session Tuesday.

"I feel better," Birk said. "(The doctors) say it’ll help me feel better during the season. My leg won’t get as fatigued. So it’s a good thing." Birk has dealt with multiple injuries the past few seasons, but hasn't missed a game since 2005. He graded out as Pro Football Focus' No. 8 center in 2011.
Tue, Jul 24, 2012 10:34:00 PM

Ravens C Matt Birk underwent surgery to repair a varicose vein issue.

It's not an unexpected surgery, as the procedure had been planned for some time. Birk won't take part in mandatory minicamp, but he should be good to go for training camp.
Tue, Jun 12, 2012 05:38:00 PM

Ravens re-signed C Matt Birk to a three-year contract.

Birk mulled retiring for almost two months after the end of the regular season, but has been in constant talks with the Ravens since late-February. A 14-year veteran four months shy of his 36th birthday, Birk remained one of the league's top centers in 2011, but there's a good chance 2012 will be his final season.
Fri, Mar 16, 2012 02:46:00 PM

The Ravens and C Matt Birk continue to have contract negotiations.

Birk's agent said he took some calls from other teams since free agency started, but he's trying to work out a deal with Baltimore first. It sounds like the Ravens want to keep Birk rather than getting a younger option in free agency.
Wed, Mar 14, 2012 11:02:00 AM

A source with knowledge of C Matt Birk's thinking tells Profootballtalk the free agent wants to play "a couple more years."

In late February, Birk told PFT Live that he doesn't want to play anywhere but Baltimore. The Ravens can push the position to the back burner in the draft if Birk is re-signed for two more years.
Thu, Mar 8, 2012 02:03:00 PM

The Ravens are scheduled to meet with the agent for Joe Flacco and free agent C Matt Birk in the next seven to 10 days for contract talks.

Birk has no plans to retire before his age-36 season, and he made it clear last month that his preference is to stay in Baltimore. "We want to have him back if he wants to come back," coach John Harbaugh said at the Combine.
Tue, Mar 6, 2012 04:17:00 PM

The player rep for free agent C Matt Birk says he has opted against retirement, and that "the Ravens seem to want him back."

Birk "feels great," and is hopeful of re-signing with the Ravens before the start of free agency. The two sides have reportedly already begun negotiating. Birk told PFT Live in January that he would only play the Ravens if he decided to return in 2012. Five months shy of his 37th birthday, Pro Football Focus rated Birk as the league's ninth best center in 2011. He should be able to work something out with the Ravens in relatively short order.
Sat, Feb 25, 2012 04:16:00 PM

Free agent C Matt Birk told PFT Live Friday that he will decide between retirement and re-signing with the Ravens in 2012.

He doesn't want to play anywhere else. Birk would be entering his age-36 campaign, although he's got enough gas left in the tank for one more solid year. Birk will decide his future after his body "heals up" from the season.
Fri, Jan 27, 2012 02:04:00 PM

Following Sunday's loss to the Patriots, Ravens C Matt Birk said he has not decided if he will retire.

Birk, 35, will talk it over with his family. "We'll see, we'll see," Birk said. "This will sting a little bit. Just take time, get away for a while." CBS' Charley Casserly reported last week that Birk will hang up the cleats.
Mon, Jan 23, 2012 10:37:00 AM

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